A City Board Voted Against Moving the Old House
The owner wanted to move the house at 603 Minorca St. so as to divide the double lot it was on and build a new two-story home on the site. Preservationists opposed moving the 1922 cottage, one of the first homes designed by early Gables architect H. George Fink. The Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables spearheaded the opposition, and for the first time used the change.org platform to gather signatures for a petition to save the house. The final count: close to 800 neighbors and residents signed. According to the petition, “Previous examples of attempts to move such century-old structures on original coral rock foundations have resulted in complete collapse.” The City’s Historic Preservation Board denied the request to move the building in a 7 to 2 vote last month.